“What goes on in Peel stays in Peel.” Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga’s Culture of Secrecy. (Ontario Ombudsman, HELP!)

March 2nd, 2011  

Yesterday’s Mississauga News editorial, “Probe a costly mistake” really nails it with the statement, “The previous council rushed Rust-D’Eye’s interim appointment through at the last minute and now we’re paying the price.” True. In fact the entire Code of Conduct/Integrity Commissioner debacle was a rush job to create the appearance of creating the appearance of caring about accountability.

This is the picture.

Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga and Peel cannot and should not be trusted hiring their own integrity commissioners. With MYTHissauga budgeting $100,000 and Brampton poised at $150,000 that’s a lot of Pretend just to avoid authentic scrutiny.

Related topic. Yesterday I also stumbled upon a January 2011 Mayor’s Report “Caledon council works hard to make sure it’s transparent and accountable” in the Caledon Citizen. Written by Caledon Mayor Marolyn Morrison, the communication is rife with Failure to Mention.

Morrison’s assertion that “For anyone to suggest Caledon council operates secretly simply demonstrates their lack of understanding of the laws of the Province of Ontario” is simply insulting! In my one experience with Caledon Council I can say that it’s even more secretive than MYTHissauga!

Watch and learn, junior. Watch and learn.

The video, followed by the transcript.

“What goes on in Peel stays in Peel.” Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga’s Culture of Secrecy (4:15 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting, March 1, 2011)

It is Monday, March 1, 2011 and this is the Caledon Citizen Mayor’s Report and the title is “Caledon Council works hard to make sure it’s transparent and accountable”.

Oh reeeeeeally?

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

I’m not directing to you. Behind you there’s a member of the audience who’s taking two types of pictures and I’d simply like to know for what purpose? Understanding completely that this is an open forum. I can understand —I’m not really sure why someone would want to take my picture but the still photos, I don’t understand what purpose they eventually have.

Mayor Marolyn Morrison, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Um I guess the question is—

Someone, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

She wants to answer you.

Mayor Marolyn Morrison, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Would you like to answer?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Oh, absolutely!

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Are you doing a research project or can you give us the reason for your interest in taking these pictures.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Um. I sat in on the Bill 130 deliberations back about this time last year –December 6 to 11th, 2006 at Queen’s Park when they are talking about Accountability and the appointment of an investigator. Whether to go by the Provincial Ombudsman or how municipalities will make their decision.

And then I was also at the luncheon —the Right to Know luncheon at the Dominion Club on October 31st.

The Ontario Ombudsman there made a point of saying that, you know, citizens should become involved in things.

And I’m not just a Mississauga resident, I’m a resident —proud resident of Peel, Peel Region, and that’s why this is as important to me what happens here in Caledon and in Brampton as it is in Mississauga.

And I really would like this to be a record —this is history, I really believe this is history happening. And I’d like it to be because citizens now have the technology, that I’d like to use that technology instead of minutes or even my own notes, which is essentially “He Said She Said.”

Whereas this is real. What you say today is recorded and stuff like that.

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Well I appreciate your interest in what I have to say and the rest of Council—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Well, not just you, sir but—

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

I do have to say that what goes on in Peel stays in Peel. And I would like it known to the Chair that if there’s any further use of these photos on my particular part, I would need to be informed prior to their being shown.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Uh, they’re not photos.

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

I understand that.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

So video. I’ll be happy to delete you.

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Thank you.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Yeah.

[chuckling/mirth from Councillors and the audience]

Mayor Marolyn Morrison, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Thank you.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH speaking into camera (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Wow. Ew…

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting on the Caledon Citizen Mayor’s Report, March 1, 2011)

Then there’s a lot of specifics here. Blah Blah Blah. And then the Caledon Mayor writes, “Moreover, the Town has retained Local Authority Services to provide “Closed Meeting Investigations”—

As with so many other mayors, the Brampton Mayor, the Caledon Mayor, the Mississauga Mayor, it is this. It is what they don’t tell you that you need to know. Local Authority Services is a subsidiary corporation of AMO —the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Which essentially is, municipalities investigating themselves.

That’s one thing. But the most important thing that the Mayor doesn’t mention is that Bill 130, the “applicable act”, allows, or has provisions for a free investigation by the Ontario Ombudsman!

So what you’ve got is “Moreover, the Town has retained Local Authority Services to provide ‘Closed Meeting Investigations’— TRANSLATION: “We denied Caledon residents access to a free investigation by the Ontario Ombudsman!” That’s the reality!

[DIP TO WHITE]

To the Mayor of Caledon, I have this for you.

[hand gesture, LOGO]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

FACT. On December 4, 2007, when a Caledon Councillor objected to photos being taken of him and denied use of his image, the Town of Caledon had two video surveillance cameras inside Council Chambers violating the privacy rights of citizens.

By failing to provide signage informing people of the existence of video surveillance cameras, the Town of Caledon violated Ontario’s Guidelines for the Use of Video Surveillance Cameras in Public Places (Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.)

"Well I appreciate your interest in what I have to say and the rest of Council, I do have to say that what goes on in Peel stays in Peel." —Caledon Councillor Doug Beffort (Caledon Council December 12, 2007 Bill 130 Closed Meeting presentation)"

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